These lovable characters are from my own menagerie at home. I bought them last summer from a shop in Seattle that specializes in Scandinavian goods. They were designed by an artisan in Finland named Marjatta Lahtinen, whose company is called Rusakko. Handcrafted from 100% organic materials, these rare animals are stuffed with a mixture of wool and 500-year-old cotton grass from the Finnish marshes. The cotton grass is said to have therapeutic qualities and perhaps seductive ones as well, because I could not resist these little guys. I adore their primitive forms and the rich textures of the rough linen and fuzzy wools. But mostly I love the way in which Marjatta conveys such large personalities with the barest of detail. With her bold bow, bright dress and demur stance, the little mouse looks like a shy wall flower. And though the horse has only the most minimal of expressions, I can tell he is a jaunty fellow. So friendly and fun, they make me happy every time I see them.
For a full range of products, including Marjatta’s moose, bears, bunnies and ride on horses, visit the Rusakko website. Or if you happen to be in the Seattle area, you can visit Prikko to buy them in person.